“Engineering is behind everything from your smartphone to the shoes on your feet”.
From autonomous cars to medical device breakthroughs, engineering plays an extremely important part in advancing technology but also in our day to day lives. It's importance requires more people to get into the engineering field as numbers are currently decreasing.
Tomorrow’s Engineers is a programme, led by the engineering community, helping schools incorporate engineering into their current curriculum. Their aim is for everyone between the ages of 11 and 14 to have at least one engineering experience with an employer and for equal number of girls and boys to aspire to become engineers.
This week, 6th– 10th of November, Tomorrow’s Engineers is highlighting the importance of engineers and engineering careers to students, and showcasing the range of jobs available in the industry.
Tomorrow’s Engineers does not only look into improving the gender gap in STEM subjects but additionally focusses on increasing awareness in children of the importance of Engineering subjects, as well as trying to increase involvement in schools across the country.
Tomorrow’s Engineers has directly reached over 300,000 young people in the past year.
Engineers are in demand…
Engineers and technicians are among the most in-demand jobs in the world
1.82 million people with engineering skills needed by engineering companies in the 10 years between 2012 and 2022
We need to double the number of graduates and apprentices entering the engineering industry
Engineering apprentices get more than double the national apprentice minimum wage
20% higher starting salaries for engineering and technology graduates compared with average graduate starting salary
There is a shortage of graduates seeking out careers in engineering which poses a great threat for the industry in the future so, by introducing the subjects to children early in the curriculum, Tomorrow’s Engineers, led by EngineeringUK and the Royal Academy of Engineering, are trying to help promote that 186,000 people with engineering skills will be needed annually through to 2024.
The Tomorrow’s Engineers programme is making a great effort to increase this number, with support from companies such as The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as well as The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
Sources: BBC, Tomorrow’s Engineers, Eureka Magazine, EngineeringUK